Hollingsworth Highlights National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Henrietta Brewer
October 24, 2019

"The idea behind it is we take and dispose of these items in a proper manner", said Lt. Dennis Ward with the Grants Pass department of public safety.

You can drop off any old or unused prescription drugs or over the counter drugs, anything except needles.

You can safely and responsibly dispose of unused medications at designated collection sites.Twice a year, Take Back Day gathers thousands of pounds of prescription drugs and helps to prevent drug abuse and misuse across the United States. National Prescription Take Back Day is offered at locations across the country to give communities a chance to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially unsafe expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. To find a local community collection site, please visit www.takebackday.dea.gov.

Deputy Chris Beach and Deputy Michael Hoffman will collect the vaping devices and medicines, but not liquids, from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 outside the main entrance of St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital at 1700 Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro.

For the first time, people can drop off their marijuana vaping devices.

"This year, we are taking a step further by accepting vaping devices and cartridges as we work with our federal partners to combat this emerging public health threat to the nation's youth", Dhillon said. His attendance highlights the important role healthcare providers can play in supporting the DEA and other law enforcement agencies in addressing this crippling epidemic.

Vaping-related illnesses are a growing problem in Tennessee.

Prescription drug disposal is also available year-round at the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and the Crawfordsville Police Department. No liquids or needles are accepted.

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